Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month? And because of that, Bussani Mobility Team is offering a special FREE workshop to help individuals with disabilities overcome barriers in the workplace. The session will take place tomorrow, September 14 (3pm) at the “2012 Independence and Mobility Fair” (500 Central Avenue, Bethpage, NY) and will be presented by Lauren Wenzel, Coordinator of Consumer Services, of Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center.
Called “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce – Be Independent – Be Employed!” the workshop will give individuals with disabilities an overview of the educational and vocational services offered by Abilities, Inc. at The Viscardi Center. Assisting and empowering individuals to find and maintain employment, the Center’s services include diagnostic vocational evaluations, vocational training programs, case management services, supported employment, service coordination, assistive technology consultation, evaluation and training, and adaptive driver education. A variety of referral sources that may provide employment [...]
Are you or is someone you know in the market for a new or pre-owned accessible van? Good news… Bussani Mobility Team is holding a two-day super sale offering $1,000 off any new wheelchair accessible van in the NY area or $500 off any pre-owned vehicle that’s purchased at its annual “ 2012 Independence and Mobility Fair .” The event will take place at the company’s 500 Central Avenue, Bethpage, NY facility on Friday, September 14 from 10am-5pm and on Saturday, September 15 from 10am-4pm.
The fair attracts hundreds of people living with physical disabilities, their friends and families to learn about all types of accessibility products and services to help them be more independent and make their lives easier. Along with the vans, [...]
Do you have a red marker? Go ahead, open your calendar and put a big circle around the dates of September 14-15. Because that’s when Bussani Mobility Team will be hosting our annual “Independence and Mobility Fair”!
Hundreds of people living with physical disabilities, their friends and families will gather at this action-packed event to learn about all types of accessibility products and services to help make their lives easier…and more fun!
Featuring over 30 organizations, exhibitors and vendors will be on hand with displays of home modifications, wheelchairs, scooters, lifts, adaptive equipment and services, and so much more…including a Kid’s Carnival Corner with wheelchair accessible games, crafts, balloon animals, face painting, and even a red carpet fashion show. There will be fabulous food, valet parking, and raffles with great prizes.
Visitors to the fair can explore the largest fleet of wheelchair accessible vans in NY and adaptive driving equipment, with the Bussani Mobility Team [...]
The automotive experts here at Bussani Mobility Team are now offering an option for your wheelchair accessible vehicle that could save your life!
It’s called the Firetrace in-car fire suppression system. And here’s why it’s important…
Fires in vehicles present special challenges for both detection and suppression. Road grime, dirt and airflow can create unpredictable environments that can be harmful to most automatic fire suppression systems — and these threats can make it difficult to extinguish a vehicle fire.
The Firetrace system was specially designed to work inside vehicles. So, when a fire is detected, its unique polymer composite tubing bursts releasing its extinguishing agents – and the fire is suppressed much faster than it would be using manual suppression.
“No one wants to think about getting into an accident or a car fire, but sometimes these things do happen. And people with physical disabilities have added challenges to deal with when responding in these [...]
It’s time to take your friends and family out to the ballgame! The Wheelchair Sports Federation and the NY Aviators will be playing at Bulova Park on Thursday, June 28 (5:30-8:30pm). Bring your glove because everyone will get a chance to play.
Bulova Park is on 25 Ave. bet. 76 St. and 77 St., East Elmhust, Queens. Parking is available behind the Bulova Building. Click HERE for directions. For more information, call Dan Tratt at 914-471-7874.
The Wheelchair Sports Federation is a national non-profit organization that provides opportunities for people with physical disabilities and wheelchair-bound adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively. Some adaptive sports (like Wheelchair Basketball) have been around since post-WWII, but others (like Wheelchair Football) are relatively new to the adaptive athletic population. The Wheelchair Sports Federation is one of the first organizations to provide adaptive athletes with the opportunity to participate in a variety of adaptive sports.
The winners of the “National Mobility Awareness Month” contest have been announced — and each of them has been awarded a customized wheelchair accessible van! They are:
• Alberto Cruz (from Connecticut) – Last summer, the 15-year-old became paralyzed while surfing on Narragansett Beach, R.I. Despite grueling therapy sessions after the accident, Cruz chose to continue his schooling and remain connected with his community. This moved his teacher, Lynn Frazier, who nominated him as a Local Hero. “Heroes attract other heroes. Alberto’s courage touched something deep inside my students and their families,” said Frazier. “It planted a seed of hope in our community.”
• Ken Davert (from Michigan) – Managing his own cerebral palsy, Ken and his family are also coping with wife Missy’s and their 13-year-old twins’ (Austin and Michaela) osteogenesis imperfecta (which is a brittle bone condition). The family is active in their community from Michaela in Girl Scouts to Missy as a [...]
So you’ve got a wheelchair van – and you’re traveling safely in style! Now, how do you make the most of your investment? What’s the best way to manage your wheelchair accessible van maintenance?
We asked Bussani Mobility Team’s Service and Production Manager, Dan Walsh, to share some of his best tips for making sure your wheelchair accessible vehicle goes the distance.
1. Use It – Letting a vehicle sit around can be just as harmful as excessive use. Did you know that a three-year-old wheelchair van with under 10,000 miles will often need new tires or hoses or gaskets, all due to dry rot? Keeping your vehicle on the move helps slow down corrosion.
2. Regular Maintenance – Keeping up with your scheduled maintenance is as important to your conversion as oil is to your engine. That includes proper lubricants, alignment, and most important, upgrades.
3. Find a Service Facility You Trust – Don’t [...]
Have you seen the Action Trackchair all-terrain wheelchair? This baby really gives you access. You have the power and the torque to conquer sand, mud, snow, mountain roads, campgrounds, the woods, and other surfaces.
See it in the woods!
See it on the sand!
OTP Mobility Inc., the exclusive Long Island LosGroup Inc. dealer of the chair, is doing an event this Saturday, May 12, so people can try out the Action Trackchair on the sand. They’re also looking to raise awareness and are pushing for accessibility at the parks. Check it out from 1-6pm at Sunken Meadow State Park (Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park, NY). The group is meeting in Field 1 in front of the park office and will head to the food pavilion on the boardwalk for sign-in. The rain date is May 17. For more info call 631-702-5302.
Sometimes the simplest moments are those that we hold the most dear…like a walk in the
park with a loved one or a holiday dinner with the whole family. Let me tell you a little story about how Bussani Mobility Team helps make dreams come true…
Johnny was injured from birth, and he’s been living in a group home since he was 5. Now 18, he had been the only family member missing from all of the holiday photos, because there just wasn’t any way to transport him to and from family gatherings. Until a few months ago, when the Boutin family purchased a Town & Country wheelchair accessible van that was custom-fitted by Bussani Mobility Team for Johnny’s needs.
The van arrived just in time for Christmas. And to make the [...]
The National Mobility Awareness Month “Local Heroes” contest is well underway…and 3 FREE wheelchair accessible vans are still up for grabs!
Bussani Mobility Team is supporting a nationwide contest sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). They’re looking for three “Local Heroes” in North America who will receive free adapted vehicles!
Mike Savicki, who a quadriplegic triathlete and 69-time gold medalist, and is the spokesperson for National Mobility Awareness Month, said: “Sure, I knew there would be challenges after my accident, but it never stopped me from pursuing my passions, whether it was golfing, skiing, cycling or sailing. I got involved with this awareness project because I’ve been celebrating mobility for the greater part of my life and I wish the world would join me even if only for a month.”
And he had more to say about adaptive vehicles: “The first time I got behind the wheel of my new van, a [...]